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Headword: Ὀπισθόδομος
Adler number: omicron,457
Translated headword: Opisthodomos, Backhouse
Vetting Status: high
A particular part of the acropolis of Athens, where the treasury was, behind the temple of Athena.[1]
Money used to be put away in it. Demosthenes in the [speech] On Organization [writes]: "recently, of course, certain people broke into the Opisthodomos".[2]
Greek Original:
Ὀπισθόδομος: μέρος τι τῆς ἀκροπόλεως τῶν Ἀθηναίων, ἔνθα ἦν τὸ ταμιεῖον, ὄπισθεν τοῦ τῆς Ἀθηνᾶς ναοῦ. ἐν ᾧ ἀπετίθεντο τὰ χρήματα. Δημοσθένης ἐν τῷ Περὶ συντάξεως: ἀνέῳξαν δήπου πρῴην τινὲς τὸν ὀπισθόδομον.
[1] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Wealth (Plutus) 1193, where the headword occurs (web address 1).
[2] From Harpokration s.v., quoting Demosthenes 13.14 (web address 2).
J.M. Hurwit, The Athenian Acropolis (Cambridge 1999) 38 and index s.v.
Associated internet addresses:
Web address 1,
Web address 2
Keywords: architecture; comedy; definition; economics; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 December 2000@06:38:59.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added links, set status) on 29 January 2004@00:41:21.
David Whitehead (more keywords; bibliography item) on 29 January 2004@02:57:42.
David Whitehead on 13 July 2011@05:48:23.
Catharine Roth (fixed links) on 18 July 2011@20:43:22.
David Whitehead on 5 July 2013@06:27:26.


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